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James Warden (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 11:04 am
Joe, maybe you know this already but Hopkins actually tried to go that route until it was stymied byRead More the courts. Hopkins created a TIF district in 2005 to redevelop a swathe of Mainstreet between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, also called “Block 64.” Doran-Pratt came in a few years later, after the initial developer fell through, and proposed building a 254-unit luxury apartment complex with 13,000 square feet of retail space. The city embarked on condemnation proceedings against Hopkins Park Plaza and Mainstreet USA in 2008. Hopkins Park Plaza challenged the legitimacy of the TIF district. In October 2010, the Minnesota Court of Appeals found Hopkins failed to meet the legal standards for finding that the properties were “structurally substandard.” Since the city couldn’t establish the TIF district, it couldn’t seize the property. Cities have been asking the Legislature since that court decision to clarify the condemnation rules. However, eminent domain for economic development has been hugely unpopular since the 2008 SCOTUS case Kelo vs. City of New London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelo_v._City_of_New_London). The court ruled that governments can take property from one private owner and transfer it to another private owner for the sake of economic development. But in response, there was a huge backlash against such transfers. Minnesota was one of many states that changed its laws to restrict New London-type initiatives. The new law didn't impact the original Hopkins case since it came afterward, but it would affect any eminent domain actions in the future. So we've got a conflict between people — like Mike B. — who want government to have broad powers to dictate private development and others — also like Mike B. — who want government to be as small as possible. That's a tough paradox to resolve.
Ramona DeGraw January 21, 2014 at 04:29 pm
Not everyone that lives in this particular apartment complex is a gang member nor section8 fodder.Read More Really?
Mike B. January 21, 2014 at 06:19 pm
You are correct, Ramona. Not everyone who lives in the complex is a gang member nor section 8.Read More That's what makes it difficult for the hard-working, law-abiding people who do live there.
Steven December 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm
The Catholic Defense League? Now that is rich my friend. "Protecting pedophile priests sinceRead More 1976" should be their motto. To the Catholic Defense League - I think thou dost protest too much.
Steven December 19, 2013 at 10:08 am
This is just scratching the surface of these despicable deeds carried out by pedophile priests.Read More Still NOTHING has changed. Sexual abuse by Catholic clergy is being carried out on a daily basis. The Church has released the names of the older abusers and the dead abusers. What about these younger priests who have taken their place? These horrific acts are still the norm. So really nothing has changed except for the faces.